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The wood shop at Port City Makerspace has everything that an aspiring wood worker could hope for, and many old friends of the seasoned carpenter. Shop tools include a professional grade table saw, bandsaw, compound miter saw, a 15″ planer, a 8″ x 75″ jointer, drum sanders, and a full complement of hand tools. There is truly too much to list. It’s best to come by the shop and see for yourself!

Wood Shop User Guide

This is a list of rules and advice for using the wood shop.

  1. Vacuum!:
    1. Vacuum up IMMEDIATELY after doing something. Clean as you go. Don't leave a bunch of messes to clean up later, or you will wind up missing messes that others will have to clean up.
    2. Check the vac to see if it is full. Empty it into a regular trash can if it is. Watch out for the dust plume.
  2. When using sanders:
    1. Wear a dust mask
    2. Use any available vacuum attachment on the machine or tool
    3. Vacuum up the surrounding area afterwards. Remember that dust is light and travels far.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings:
    1. Don't know where something should go? Put it back where you found it, or ask a fellow member.
    2. Please warn others near you before doing something noisy or messy.
    3. If you're not sure what you're doing, talk to someone or google it.
    4. DO NOT USE any power tool you have not gotten checked out on. DO NOT assume you know how to safely use something you've barely used.
    5. If the blade on a tool seems difficult to use, it is probably dull and needs to be sharpened/replaced. Notify the manager or shop volunteer.
  4. Do not do any of the following to or on the power tools:
    1. Cut reclaimed wood without asking the manager or shop volunteer. We don't want nails or staples destroying our machines.
    2. Leave things on them. We have tables and workbenches for working on, so please leave the power tools accessible for others to use.
    3. Hammer or do aggressive work on them. There are workbenches for that.
    4. Get glue on them. There are workbenches for that.
    5. Get water on them or set drinks on them. The metal surface will rust and someone will have to clean it or fix it if it's bad enough.
    6. Push them to their limits. We don't have a "Tool Replacement Budget", so don't break our only tools.
    7. Break something and then not tell anybody. If the next person that walks up to it doesn't know its broken, it can cause them to get hurt when they try to use it. Leave a note, tell the manager
  5. Good rules of thumb:
    1. Blades: inspect before using. Shared blades get used heavily. If you need sharp blades for quality work, you should bring your own.
    2. Sandpaper (for hand-sanding): Use what we have available, donate money towards restocking.
    3. Sandpaper (for big power tools): Keep it clean, use rubber erasers. If you ruin it, replace it.
    4. Dust: Any dust should be contained and controlled as best as possible. Use vac attachment when possible.
    5. Locks and Guards: Loosen locks before adjusting things like the drill press table, bandsaw guide, and table saw height/angle. Remember to tighten them before operating the tool.
    6. Inspect your tools: There are many users of the shop with varying skill levels and habits. Make sure the tool you are going to use is safe, it is at the angle you need, the blade is sharp, and it isn’t full of sawdust.
    7. Always be learning: Understand how to get a good result. Typically it's 70% setup, and 30% skill. Read the manual, watch a video, ask for help.
    8. Work safe: Work slow and carefully. Most accidents happen when people rush. Schedule your time in the shop wisely.


There are a number of saws, sanders, and tools to cut and shape wood for your projects. See the list of large power tools at the bottom of this page!

Hand Tools

  • Hand Saws
  • Chisels
  • Cordless Drills
  • Routers & Bits
  • Orbital Sanders
  • Hammers & Mallets
  • Biscuit Joiner
  • Numerous Clamps
  • Pocket Screw Jig
  • Variety of Measuring Instruments


Common Consumables

  • Sandpaper
    • 5" hook and loop for orbital sanders
  • Glue
    • Titebond II - bought in gallons and used to fill small bottles
  • Misc
    • Nitrile Gloves
    • Dust/Particle Masks

Small Power Tool Consumables (needs more info)

  • Jigsaw Blades
  • Scroll Saw Blades
  • Biscuit Jointer biscuits